Considered one of the most long-lasting and natural-looking methods of tooth replacement, implant treatment at East End Dental Wellness has a few phases. In phase one, Dr. Kim takes a look at the bone that used to support your missing tooth. If that bone looks healthy, then an artificial “root” is implanted or secured into that bone. Once that heals, then a new “tooth” is crafted (called an implant crown) using tooth-like materials and is secured to the artificial “root” that was implanted. The result is a natural-looking, secure replacement tooth.
One of the advantages of a dental implant as opposed to a bridge is that it is less invasive to the natural teeth next to the implant. Bridges require healthy tooth material to be removed to make room for the restoration. Dentures are functional, but they can be unstable when eating and speaking. Because a dental implant is secured into the underlying bone like a screw, it is very stable and long lasting. This allows you to eat, speak, and smile with more confidence.
An implant should be cared for in the same way you care for your natural teeth. Brush and floss at least twice a day and visit our Easton dental office for professional cleanings and exams every six months.
Dr. Kim and our team always strive for the best possible experience for the patient in the long term. At every visit to our Easton dental office, we take time to educate our patients on small changes they can make that can have big positive impacts on their long-term oral health. In fact, nothing makes us happier than to see a patient come in, visit after visit, with a healthy checkup. And when we do need to help the patient restore their smile with a dental implant, we want the work we do to last as long as possible.